Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Meditation Daylong Getting More Skillful with Vedana with Bhikkhuni Sobhana Feb 6 at Alameda Sangha

Meditation Daylong
Getting More Skillful with Vedana with Bhikkhuni Sobhana
Saturday February 6, 2016, 9:30 am - 5 pm
United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista,
Alameda, CA 94501

Feeling - Vedana in the Pali language of early Buddhism - is the subtle first point where any experience becomes accessible to the conscious mind. We learn from the Buddha’s teaching to see feeling as the trigger for craving, and also the easiest point where we can interrupt the cycle of craving, clinging and suffering. But how to get free from this cycle without an unhealthy detachment from our inner life?

In this daylong retreat we will aim to more fully know and experience feelings. This retreat led by Ayya  Sobhana, continues her investigation of fundamental Dhamma in the light of modern neuroscience and new thinking about emotion.

There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma reflections, and time for questions and answers.

Lunch: Please bring lunch and, if you wish, food to offer the monastics. As in the time of the Buddha, Theravada monks and nuns do not grow or buy food and are completely dependent on donations of the daily meal. The monastics eat one main meal a day in late morning and monastic regulations require that they finish by midday. Offering prepared food to the monastics during the daylong provides an opportunity to participate in the tradition

Ayya Sobhana is the Prioress of Aranya Bodhi, a new community for monastic women located on the Sonoma Coast of California. Together with Ayya Tathaaloka Theri, Ayya Sobhana has been deeply involved in the recent restoration of Bhikkhuni full ordination in the Theravada tradition. Please read more about her sangha here and about her background here.

Registration is requested: drop-in accepted. alamedasangha@gmail.com  

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